CEMEX USA is pleased to announce the commissioning of four General Electric wind turbines with a combined generating capacity of 6.2 megawatts at its cement plant located in Victorville and San Bernardino County, Calif. The commissioning is CEMEX USA’s second wind turbine project in the U.S. and will result in a total generating capacity of 7.2 megawatts statewide. In 2012, CEMEX commissioned its first 1 MW wind turbine at its Cache Creek quarry located in Madison, Calif.
The power generated from the wind turbines at the cement plant in Victorville, Calif., is equivalent to powering over 1,500 average-sized American households annually. The turbines, which have zero emissions, will prevent over 11,000 tons of CO2 emissions each year. Approximately 6 percent of each facility’s energy consumption will be produced by the turbine.
“Our progress towards a more sustainable, energy-efficient and cost-effective future is a top priority,” said Karl Watson, Jr., President of CEMEX USA. “CEMEX understands the value of using renewable energy for reducing the carbon footprint of our operations and is a successful model of its application in the industry.”
CEMEX partnered with Foundation Windpower, a California-based distributed wind development company, for the development, construction, financing, and operation of the wind turbine.
“This project demonstrates CEMEX’s commitment to find creative ways to save costs and comply with increasingly stringent air quality regulations in California,” said Matt Wilson, CEO of Foundation Windpower. “If more companies could follow CEMEX’s visionary commitment to find new ways to operate industrial facilities in a sustainable fashion, then the world will be a better place.”
CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high quality products and reliable service to customers and communities in more than 50 countries throughout the world. CEMEX’s U.S. network includes 13 cement plants, 47 active cement distribution terminals, approximately 100 aggregate quarries and more than 420 ready-mix concrete plants. For more information, visit www.cemexusa.com.
Foundation Windpower develops, finances, constructs, owns, and operates utility-scale distributed wind projects on-site at large energy consumers to reduce energy costs while delivering 100% renewable electricity through long term power purchase agreements. Our projects, totaling over 22 MW of renewable generating capacity at 11 sites, require no capital expense from customers. Customers include cement plants, mines, food processors, manufacturers, refrigerated warehouses, data centers, and water treatment plants. Foundation Windpower has offices in Menlo Park and San Francisco, California.